[Xenopus] Job openings for Xenbase

James-Zorn, Christina Christina.James_Zorn at cchmc.org
Tue Nov 9 10:35:04 EST 2021

Scientific Biocurator position for Xenbase                    (posted Nov 9th, 2021)

Xenbase (www.xenbase.org<http://www.xenbase.org>) is Xenopus model organism knowledgebase, funded by the NIH (USA).

Xenopus is a major model for fundamental cell and developmental biology and human disease modeling.

Xenbase has a small team of scientific biocurators who curate and integrate the Xenopus literature and genomics data into the database, making it available to the international research community, and in turn supporting data exchanges with the NCBI, USCS and other databases (e.g., Monarch, WormBase, Zfin MGI and AGR)

We are seeking a highly motivated, collaborative individual to join the Xenbase Biocuration team located in the Division of Developmental Biology, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Curator position offer a challenging career away from the wet-lab and research bench, where interpreting, annotating and displaying complex scientific data is your main task. Curators also develop strategies to improve data curation; work to improve data display/querying on the website; interact with the Xenopus research community at national and international research conferences; develop programming skills; and contribute to Xenbase publications.

Job Description:
• Curation and annotation of published Xenopus scientific literature, focusing on the extraction of phenotypes and models of human disease, gene expression, genetic interactions, molecular function (GO), and  reagents (transgenic constructs, antibodies, MOs, gRNAs).
• Develop new data features in response to  community needs and emerging technologies.
• Co-author reports and publications, give presentations and/or run workshops at national and international meetings.

• MSc or PhD degree in developmental biology, genomics/bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology, zoology, anatomy or related field.
•  Demonstrated ability to produce scientific papers, reports and presentations
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team and independently in an efficient manor (i.e., both quickly and accurately) and be self-motivated
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to an applicant with:
• Experience in a Xenopus or other vertebrate (mouse, zebrafish or chick) developmental biology.
• Experience in data annotation/biocuration, knowledge of relational databases, and familiarity with biomedical ontologies.
• Experience with a bioinformatics, genomics or model organism databases
• Experience in analyzing genomics data, using GRN software, genome browsers and common bioinformatics tools.

How to Apply:
Please submit your application, to aaron.zorn at cchmc.org<mailto:aaron.zorn at cchmc.org> with the following information:
• A cover letter, including a statement of interest/purpose
• CV or Resume.
• List 3 references/referees whom we may contact, including email and telephone number.

Salary and Start Date:

  *   Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  *   Start date is negotiable but expected to be in late 2021/early 2022.
  *   The position will remain open until filled, but candidates are encouraged to apply by November 30th 2021.

The successful applicant will be an employee of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and will undergo background checks, orientation, safety training, and a 6-month probationary period.  Employee of Cincinnati Children’s are required to have annual flu vaccinatiosn, and to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
More information about working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and living in Cincinnati, can be found here: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/careers/working/default/

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